portrait of Dr. Jonathan B. McNair

Dr. Jonathan B. McNair

Coordinator of Music Theory and Composition,
UT Chattanooga Department of Music

Jonathan B. McNair is a UC Foundation professor in the department of Music at UTC, teaching Music Composition, Music Theory, Counterpoint, and Practicum in Music Technology. The College of Arts and Sciences at UTC has recognized him with awards for Outstanding Creative Scholarship and Outstanding Service. He has also been awarded several grants to support musical programs, creative research, and equipment acquisition. He is also currently President of the Southeastern Composers League, and will host its 2014 Forum at UT Chattanooga, in conjunction with the Marian Anderson String Quartet Residency.

His original compositions have been performed across the U.S.A. at colleges, universities, festivals, and places of worship. Internationally, McNair’s music has been presented in Canada, Brazil, Germany, Austria, England, and Puerto Rico. Recordings of several of his works are available on the Capstone, ACA Digital, and AUR labels. Selected works are published by Potenza Music, and Keepe Publishing House.

He was named Tennessee Composer of the Year for 2008 by the Tennessee Music Teachers Association, resulting in his commissioned work Digressions, which has been performed in five countries on three continents.

McNair has been awarded artistic residencies at I-Park, The Hambidge Center, and the Ucross Foundation. He was a composer-in-residence for the Faith Partners project, Consortium II in Jackson, Mississippi, sponsored by the American Composers Forum. He also served as composer-in-residence for two years at VivaVoce! summer choral music camp, which was initiated by the Atlanta Chapter of the American Composers Forum.

Additional commissions have come from local and regional agencies in Chattanooga, Cleveland, Ohio, and Dallas, Texas.

McNair studied composition at The Cleveland Institute of Music, Southern Methodist University, and Appalachian State University. He is a U.C. Foundation Professor of Music Theory and Composition at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he periodically produces contemporary music concerts.